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Date de pré-production : automne 2003
Date de production : novembre 2003
Date de diffusion : 13 février 2004, sur USA Network, à 20 h et 22 h.
                                 DVD aux USA : 8 juin 2004
Genre : drame
Principaux interprètes :
G.W. Bailey.....................................Detective Gates
Sarah Brown ..................................Kate Vignatti
Dean Cain......................................Scott Peterson
David Denman................................Tommy Vignatti
Louise Gallagher..............................Jackie Peterson
Réalisé par : Roger Young
Écrit par :
Tourné à : San Diego, Californie, USA
L'histoire : "The Perfect Husband" raconte l'histoire vraie d'une femme enceinte de 8 mois, Laci Peterson, dont le corps est découvert près de chez elle quelques mois après sa disparition.   Le mari de Laci, Scott, est bientôt soupçonné du meurtre de sa femme. Nous suivons Scott et son entourage au travers tout le battage médiatique que l'affaire a causé.

Fait intéressant : Les vrais cheveux de Dean n'ont pas été maltraités au cours du tournage de "The Perfect Husband" : Dean portait une perruque par-dessus ses vrais cheveux et il avait des fausses moustache et barbe.

Le verdict: Le verdict est tombé.  Le vrai Scott Peterson a été condamné au début de novembre 2004 par un jury pour le meurtre au premier degré de Laci Peterson (avec préméditation) et pour le meurtre au second degré de son fils Connor. Il ne faut pas oublier que la peine de mort aux USA est toujours performée dans certains États, quoique nous ne connaissions pas encore le sort réservé à Scott.



***Mon avis sur le sujet : Il est intéressant de voir que les avis sur les forums de discussion sont partagés sur le fait que Dean a campé  Scott Peterson au petit écran.  Ce que j'en pense ?  Suite à Out of Time, où Dean incarnait un homme au caractère violent, il a tout fait au cours des dernières années pour se détacher de son rôle de Clark Kent / Superman.  J'ai pu voir Out Of Time et j'ai trouvé Dean très convaincant sur toute la ligne.  Il joue maintenant le rôle d'un présumé tueur, j'appuie son choix, s'il trouve le rôle intéressant, pourquoi pas ?  Il est certain qu'il faudra que je me débarrasse de l'image du "bon gars" que Dean a toujours eu sur moi, par ses rôles précédents. Les rôles de Dean se complexifient et on voit qu'il est capable de jouer une grande gamme de personnages.  Attendons et voyons ce que ça va donner.  Je suis certaine que Dean sera très bon dans son rôle, même si je trouverai très difficile de le voir jouer les meurtriers.  Mais un acteur reste un acteur, il campe et interprête les faits et gestes d'une autre personne, il ne la devient pas !!

Dean Cain Gets 'Perfect' Role as Accused Wife-Killer

By Nelllie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Former Superman star Dean Cain (news) has been tapped to portray accused murderer Scott Peterson (news - web sites) in USA Network's TV movie "The Perfect Husband."

Peterson, charged with slaying his pregnant wife and their unborn son, is back in the news this week as a hearing opened Wednesday to determine whether he must stand trial for the murders.

"The Perfect Husband" will tell Peterson's story, beginning with the mysterious disappearance of the eight-months-pregnant Laci Peterson (news - web sites) on Christmas Eve last year. It will chronicle the extensive search for the missing Modesto, Calif., woman and the grim discovery of the remains of Laci and her baby along the San Francisco Bay and will end with the arrest of a disguised Scott Peterson in April as he traveled to Mexico.

Filming is scheduled to begin early next month in San Diego.

"'The Perfect Husband' is not just a movie about a specific crime, it's also a movie about our culture -- how someone can gain and then betray the trust of a woman, a family, a community," said Jeff Wachtel, USA executive vp original scripted programming. "Dean is a perfect choice for the role -- he combines classic, all-American good looks with an ability to convey the startling contradictions beneath the surface."

The role of Peterson marks a departure for Cain. After years of playing good guys and heroes, most notably his starring role on ABC's series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," the actor first ventured into the dark side this year with the feature "Out of Time."

He also hosts the TBS/syndicated series "Ripley's Believe It or Not" and has a role on the Lifetime series "The Division."

Dee Wallace-Stone, best known for her role in Steven Spielberg (news)'s "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," will play Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha. Tim Quill, who was featured in Steven Bochco's pilot for Fox's "NYPD 2069," will play Laci's brother Brent. David Denman, who will next be seen in the features "The Big Fish" and "The Singing Detective," will play Tommy Vignatti, a close friend of both Laci and Scott.

Emmy-winning director Roger Young ("Murder in Mississippi") is on board to direct from a script by Dave Erickson (USA's "Murder in Greenwich").

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Access Hollywood, 19 Nov. 2003

C = commentator
D = Dean Cain

C: Well, yesterday a judge ruled that Scott Peterson will stand trial for the murder of his wife Laci and their unborn child. Now a television movie is being made depicting Scott's story and Dean Cain is making one cold-blooded transformation.

C: A gripping re-enactment of the day Scott Peterson was arrested. A shocking resemblance to the accused killer ...

D: I think it's disturbing because well, no one, no one's sure if he's guilty or innocent and and it just looks so eerily similar. Seeing myself playing him and seeing the real thing ... it kind of freaks me out.

D: There's a lot of glue and stuff in there. Not the most comfortable.

C: Dean Cain went through four hours of painstaking hair and makeup to get the wig just right to pull off this eerie transformation.

D: It's wierd for me and I'm really anxious to see it on film, so we'll see how, we'll see how it turns out.

C: USA Network's movie "The Perfect Husband, the Laci Peterson Story" airing in February is told through the eyes of fictitious friends but includes chilling dramatizations of actual events like Diane Sawyer's interview with Scott before his arrest.

Diane Sawyer: "Did you murder your wife?"
Scott Peterson: "No. No."

D: We ... I watched that. We shot a portion of that interview and uh, I've seen it. And uh, it makes me uncomfortable to watch it. So I imagine people will find it a little uncomfortable to see. I mean it's pretty spot on. I gotta give it up. It's disturbing.

The Lady Vanishes
 The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story
(8 pm/ET, USA)

The Scott Peterson case grabbed headlines earlier this week when the judge presiding over the murder trial refused to release the names of witnesses and potential jurors to the media. "I have a responsibility here to see that Mr. Peterson gets a fair trial," the Associated Press quoted him as saying — much to the media's dismay. Prosecutor David Harris and defense council Mark Geragos both agreed with the ruling. "The media has taken great steps to place themselves in the middle of this case," Harris noted. Geragos observed that "fringe elements... have turned this [case] into a circus."

Thankfully, USA has bypassed the circus with this solid, if incomplete, original movie that looks at the early days of the case through the eyes of the Petersons' friends Tommy and Kate Vignatti (David Denman, Sarah Joy Brown). The story opens on Christmas Eve 2002 shortly after Scott Peterson (Dean Cain) has reported his pregnant wife, Laci, missing. As officers bombard him and his wife's family with questions about the couple's relationship and Laci's state of mind, the Vignattis learn the news and rush to his side.

The script's liberal use of composite characters is one of the movie's main flaws. Yet, curiously, it is also one of the reasons the film works so well. For example, the primary detectives (G.W. Bailey, Tom O'Brien), are composite characters, as are the Vignattis. By collapsing many characters into only a few, the writer has streamlined the story and made the film significantly more viewer-friendly. However, composite characters also cast doubt on the accuracy of the piece. Did the events actually happen or are they the products of screenwriter David Erickson's imagination? For instance, when Kate predicts that the press will "take a perfect couple and... turn them into a horror show," one wonders if someone actually made that comment — or if it's simply Erickson's idea of irony.

That issue aside, the film is a showcase for a strong group of actors. Denman and Brown's portrayals of the Vignattis are believable and sympathetic. Denman's character desperately wants to believe his friend is innocent, while Brown slowly turns away from him as the police build their case. Trapped at the center of the storm is Peterson, and Dean Cain's enigmatic and nuanced performance is pitch-perfect. His Peterson is aloof and angry at the media, saying that TV "gets its ratings by making me guilty. They'll twist what I say and how I say it."

Despite the strong performances, The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story feels like the first half a "true crime" miniseries such as Fatal Vision or The Deliberate Stranger. Is Peterson guilty? Is he not? Here's hoping that when a verdict is delivered, USA reassembles the cast and finishes the story. — Jeff Gemmill

'Perfect Husband': True Tragedy In Tabloid Tale
By Tom Shales
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 13, 2004; Page C01

What was it Murray once said on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" about Ted, who had finally performed some act of selflessness -- "When a donkey flies, you don't criticize him for not staying up that long"? In that spirit, it's a pleasure to discover that a quick cheapie movie about a real-life murder, airing tonight on the often-trashy USA cable network, not only isn't terrible but actually has moments of poignancy and power.

Of course it tends to be a little tentative -- since the case isn't closed and the man everyone thinks is guilty has yet to be tried. "The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story," on USA at 8, is nevertheless a hard-hitting docudrama about the killing of a beautiful and beloved Modesto, Calif., woman, eight months pregnant when she disappeared. Fingers point to her handsome, evasive husband, Scott, as the person responsible.

Dean Cain gives a chilly and chilling performance as Scott Peterson; it's the kind of acting job that looks like neither "acting" nor merely a job. Cain emptied his head and virtually became the man who, after months of delay and investigation, was finally charged with the killings yet continues to protest his innocence. Protesting his innocence, indeed, seemed to be Peterson's first priority all along, and the film has him expressing shockingly little grief over the loss.

But family and friends and apparently the whole town of Modesto did express grief, first organizing a massive effort to find the missing woman, replete with posters, a crisis center, Web sites and an ever-growing reward for information. In the film, the grief turns to outrage when the police finally think they have enough evidence for an arrest and take Peterson into custody.

In addition to Cain's creepy evocation of utter soullessness, the film has a few other above-average performances, one of the best by Dee Wallace Stone as the mother of the missing woman, who hears the awful truth from a television set and lets out a piercing cry of despair.

Tracy Lynn Middendorf shines, too, as Amber, an angelic-looking young woman who met Peterson at a party a couple of months before his wife's disappearance -- and, believing the lie that he was single, began an affair with him. It even continued after the crime became local and national news because at first, Amber didn't figure out that her boyfriend and the husband of the missing Laci were the same man.

Writer Dave Erickson obviously has to walk a narrow path in telling the story, since it aspires to sticking to known facts and, therefore, among other limitations, has no real ending. It is probably a corrupt idea to make such movies in the first place, but this isn't the first time (USA aired a movie about the D.C. snipers while they were being tried, you may recall), and Erickson and director Roger Young exhibit intelligence and sensitivity.

To fill gaps and time, Erickson indulges in scenes that grow repetitiously morose -- friends of the couple coping with the death and then bickering and bickering over whether Scott Peterson could really have done such a thing. Peterson certainly behaves in ways that raise suspicion: He goes fishing, alone, on Christmas Eve; he refuses to take a polygraph test once the bodies are found (not far from where he had been fishing) and tries to continue living his life blithely, as if nothing happened. "How do I come across?" he asks a friend on the driving range one night. "Cold," the friend answers firmly. Not just cold but freezing -- except when he's on the phone with his girlfriend murmuring, "I love you, Amber."

The film conveys a sense of how ritualized such stories have become; the community springs to action as if acting according to some how-to guidebook on dealing with ghastly murders in small towns.

One of the film's most memorable scenes is wordless and brief: the father of the dead woman walking through Scott and Laci's home and coming upon the room prepared for the baby, already named Conner, who would never be born. "No parent should ever have to think about the way their child was murdered," Stone as Laci's mother says at a memorial service. "The Perfect Husband" is hardly the perfect movie, but it does elevate what had been a tabloid soap opera into the stuff of tawdry American tragedy.

© 2004 The Washington Post Company

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